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New EU funds will help Romania achieve its energy-efficiency targets

The European Commission has approved, under EU State Aid rules, Romanian plans to support the upgrade of the district heating system of the municipality of Bucharest.

“This 254 million euros aid measure, funded thanks to EU structural funds, will help Romania achieve its energy-efficiency targets and will contribute to the reduction of greenhouse gas and other pollutants emissions, without unduly distorting competition,” said Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy.

The Bucharest district heating system is the largest in size in the European Union and the second largest in the world, serving 1.2 million inhabitants, covering around 940 kilometres of thermic pipes for the transmission system and 2,800 kilometres pipes for the distribution system.

The rehabilitation of the Bucharest District heating will consist of the replacement of sections of main hot water transmission pipelines for approximately 10 per cent of the overall length of Bucharest’s district heating network. This investment will reduce heat losses, water refill losses, network maintenance costs, as well as other losses. The measure will therefore contribute to energy savings and reduce greenhouse gas emissions and other pollutants emissions.

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